“When will it end?” Christine sighed as a few of us sat under the stars in Sara’s hot tub last week.
“What end? Are you going all 2012 on us?” I asked.
“No, I mean the pill. I’m 45 and still have to take stupid birth control pills.”
“Well, you could stop.”
“Yeah and maybe we’ll be throwing you a ‘miracle baby’ shower in nine months,” Sara snarked.
“Why can’t they invent The Pill for men?”
“I think they’re close to it; I remember reading somewhere about that. But, it’s never gonna fly.”
“Why?” Sara asked. “Cause men won’t take it? I mean, they’re not the ones who blimp out and get ripped in two giving birth.”
“Right, but they still have to pay for that baby whether they want her or not. I think most would take a pill, but I’m not so sure we’d trust they’d take it,” I said.
“That’s not true!” Christine protested.
Despite Christine’s protestations, her sistas disagree; 76 percent of women say they’re more responsible than guys about birth control.
This, despite another study in which 68 percent of women said they’re all for a male birth control pill.
Which, I guess, means we want guys to have the option, we just won’t believe that they’ll take ’em.
So, are women really saying that they don’t trust men? What in our experience with men would make us think that they wouldn’t remember to take their pill? I mean, most can remember the most inane things, like the baseball team holds the record for the most home runs in a game and things like that.
And I know enough men who took, uh, drugs, on a regular basis …
Maybe it’s the way women have been brought up to think about men — that they only want us for one thing (and, no, it isn’t to bring them the remote control and a beer. Oh yeah, naked).
But you have to wonder why men trust women to be on top of the birth control thing — especially when almost all of us know women who have forgotten (honestly) and “forgotten” because they want their partner to commit — and a baby will do that, right? Sometimes. Or maybe they just want a baby even if he doesn’t want kids?
Of course, birth control pills mess up a woman’s mind about men, and maybe even “make” her cheat. Not to mention the men who are unknowingly raising kids that aren’t biologically theirs.
- If you’re a woman, would you trust a man to take a male birth control pill?
- Have you ever not taken birth control on purpose and didn’t tell?
- If you’re a guy, do you trust women who say they’re on The Pill?
- Has that ever been a bad idea?